Chevrolet's new Aveo makes its world debut in a few weeks at the Paris Motor Show, though you won't be able to buy one until the end of 2011.
The styling has been toned down slightly compared with the Aveo RS show car exhibited at the Detroit and Geneva motor shows. It retains some key details, including the twin circular headlamps, distinctive body creases and divided front grille.
Chevrolet claims to have infused its latest small car with sporting personality and handling to match. Power comes from a choice of engines including 1.2- and 1.4-litre petrol units with 85- and 100hp respectively. There is also a 1.3-litre diesel with either 75- or 95hp and a start-stop system to save fuel.
The interior promises to be a special place to be. The dashboard has a motorcycle-style instrument display with analogue tachometer and digital speedo. The fascia wraps around the driver and passenger and there is blue backlighting to give the cabin an 'up-market' feel.
Details of the Aveo's price and final specification will be revealed nearer to the on-sale date, scheduled for autumn 2011.